Kvarner newsletter / no 3

Carnival events in Kvarner
Days of carnival

At this time of year, Kvarner is host to many carnival parties and parades. Before the start of Lent, a puppet, locally called the pust, is found "guilty" for all the things that have gone wrong in the last year and, as per tradition, will be set fire to in numerous towns and villages in Kvarner.

One of the most popular parts of the carnival tradition in Kvarner are the masked groups of bell-ringers, locally known as zvončari or dondolaši, traditionally equipped with large bells.

In some places, the carnival starts on the 6th or 7th of January. After various events in January, the carnival ends on the 6th of February, Ash Wednesday, when a puppet called the pust is found guilty for everything that has gone wrong in the last year and will therefore be set on fire, as per tradition.

In Lovran, the Carnival Flag was raised on the 17th of January, marking the beginning of the carnival, which includes masked balls, the International Carnival Parade, the Masked Ship Party, the Zubijada competition in masked fishing and the children's carnival party. On Sunday the 3rd of February, masked participants will traditionally play accordions and collect eggs from households. The carnival ends on Ash Wednesday when the pust is set on fire.

On the 2nd of February, Matulji hosts the 14th Festival of zvončari, and one day later, the zvončari from Mučići start their traditional route. From the 1st to the 3rd of February, Opatija hosts the International Carnival Cup 2008, and on the 2nd of February, there will be a children’s parade with guests from Lopar. A traditional children’s parade also takes place in St Christopher’s Square on the island of Rab on the 3rd of February.
In Selce there will be carnival tea parties and card tournaments (involving traditional card games called briškula and trešeta).

Bribir, Grižane, Tribalj, Drivenik, Punat, Kastav, Kostrena, Selce and other places in Kvarner will also host various masquerades, and the carnival spirit will be sure to entice many visitors to the area.